PEOPLE will get the chance to learn more about ambitious regeneration plans at a public meeting next week.
The event has been arranged by the Mill House Area Action Group (MHAAG) which was set up to support the Hartlepool Borough Council’s Mill House Masterplan.
The proposal includes the potential transfer of Victoria Park from the council to Hartlepool United.
It also sets out plans to redevelop the ageing Mill House Leisure Centre and bring new business, housing, sport and leisure facilities to the area.
Victoria Park could also get a new stand and possibly a hotel, built within the ground.
The Mill House Area Action Group is supporting the implementation of the masterplan in full and is urging people to find out more about the proposals.
It has received the backing of Hartlepool Borough Council’s cabinet committee.
It will now go before the full council committee, which will vote on it at their meeting on Thursday, June 28.
Phil Thompson, secretary of the Mill House Area Action Group, said: “The plan came to the attention of fans a couple of months ago and was discussed on message boards.
“The group got together to discuss it, learn more about it and make a co-ordinated effort to contact councillors.
“We are trying to get the word out to local residents who may not know much about the plan.
“There is a lot more to it than the issue around ownership of the ground.
“We are keen to promote it and hopefully encourage councillors to accept the plan in principal.
“We hope this next meeting will generate more interest.”
A Facebook page called Support the Mill House Masterplan has been set and gained more than 1,700 members.
The plan could also see the compulsory purchase of the former Odeon cinema, in Raby Road, which as stood derelict for several years.
Daniel Robinson, of Gus Robinson Developments, which is the preferred developer, will attend the meeting along with Russ Green, chief executive of Hartlepool United, to give more detail.
It will be held at The Mill House pub, Rium Terrace, Hartlepool, on Thursday at 6.30pm and anyone can attend.